News in Brief

Commerce Department to Hire Data Czar

Jul 23, 2014 |

In an effort to make greater use of government data, the U.S. Commerce Department is hiring its first chief data officer and convening an industry panel to make agency data more accessible. Several agencies within the Commerce Department like the National Weather Service produce and disseminate huge volumes of meteorological data that are used by private enterprises like the Weather Channel and AccuWeather. “The Department of Commerce is working to unleash more of its data to strengthen the nation’s economic Read more…

Teradata Acquires Revelytix, Hadapt

Jul 22, 2014 |

Teradata Corp., the analytic data platform vendor, said it has expanded its big data portfolio with a pair of recent acquisitions. Teradata, based in Dayton, Ohio, said July 22 it has acquired the assets of Revelytix, an information management specialist, along with big data technologists and intellectual property from Hadapt. The Revelytix deal was completed on July 16; the Hadapt acquisition on July 17, Teradata said. Terms of the two acquisitions were not disclosed, the company said, because they are Read more…

Auto Data Being Culled to Understand Driver Preferences

Jul 21, 2014 |

Automotive electronics that have enabled the installation of what amount to networks in vehicles are delivering a raft of new telematics and other features for drivers. These systems are also generating huge volumes of data – 25 gigabytes an hour, according to one estimate – that auto makers are struggling to harness as a way to better understand customer trends and preferences. Call centers, sales and marketing were the traditional methods used to gather customer data. Emerging big data platforms Read more…

Survey Finds Business Insights in Operational Data

Jul 18, 2014 |

Operational intelligence derived from automated data collection and traditionally used to manage IT infrastructure could also be leveraged to gauge how transaction-based businesses are performing. Furthermore, machine-generated data could even be exploited to adjust business systems and processes in real-time to account for customer preferences, concludes a recent study that looked at ways of gleaning business insights from seemingly mundane operational intelligence. The study, “Masters of Machines: Business insight from IT operational intelligence,” argues that turning operational intelligence into business Read more…

Talend’s ‘Sandbox’ Aims to Speed Big Data Projects

Jul 17, 2014 |

Data integration software vendor Talend said it hopes to speed the launch of new data projects with a preconfigured virtual platform it calls the “Big Data Sandbox.” Talend, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and Suresnes, France, announced the availability of the virtual environment on July 16. The sandbox provides real-world use cases and interactive learning tools with the goal of getting big data projects off the ground faster. The company noted the need for more big data automation tools as Read more…

GraphLabs Wises Up Machine Learning Platform

Jul 16, 2014 |

GraphLabs Inc., a machine learning startup, rolled out a new software platform this week it says will bring expanded machine-learning capabilities to enterprises struggling to find data scientists. The GraphLab Create 1.0 platform is said to automate key aspects of advanced big data analytics so a diverse range of companies can use machine learning to squeeze more business intelligence out of operational and other data. Seattle-based GraphLabs also claims its Create platform is the first to apply advanced machine learning Read more…

Survey: Big Data Leaders Are Embracing Analytics

Jul 15, 2014 |

Leading big data practitioners tend to be from industries with “many consumer touch points,” resulting in more mature analytics approaches that allow industry leaders to use information in more creative ways. That’s a key conclusion of a recent data analytics survey of global companies by the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh. Respondents specialize in everything from technology and banking to health care and transportation The “Leadership Excellence in Analytic Practices,” or LEAP, study sought Read more…

Oracle Aims to Break Big Data Silos with SQL

Jul 15, 2014 |

Oracle today unveiled Big Data SQL, a new technology it’s adding to its Big Data Appliance offering that allows users to get at data in Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle relational data stores with a single SQL query. It’s Big Red’s take on the logical data warehouse concept first espoused by Gartner, and will only work with Oracle’s products when it ships later this summer. Big data technologies are making this an exciting time to be in the IT business, akin Read more…

Big Data Practitioners Ponder Privacy Issues

Jul 9, 2014 |

A panel of big data executives acknowledged the need for trust, privacy and transparency in the handling of consumer information and called for rules of the road to ensure that privacy concerns do not derail technology innovation driven by big data. The executives addressed the issues during an event, “Big Data and the Policy Behind Big Ideas,” organized by the web site, Politico.com. The event was co-sponsored by the consumer electronics giant Philips. Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America, Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…